As of October 17,2017, countless Aadhaar cards that could not be delivered were lying with the General Post Office in Shillong. The reason for the cards being undeliverable was that the addresses on the cards were not complete with most of them just mentioning “Shillong”. While the actual number of cards is not known, the Government of Meghalaya said that the localities under the delivery jurisdiction of Shillong GPO were Dhankhetti, Lachumiere, Malki, Pine Mount, NCC, 29 Cantonment, Civil Hospital, Rhino, Pine Walk, Barik, IGP Point, Governor House, All India Radio Road, Bivar Road, M.C. Road, Bishop Cotton Road, Oakland, Polo Road, Polo Bazar, Jail Road, Sadar Police Station, Quinton Road, Thana Road, Police Bazar, Umsohsun, Mawkhar, Wahingdoh, Keating Road, Lady Keane area, Forest Colony, Lawmali, Polo Hills, Pynthorumkhrah, Shyiap and Langkyrding.

Persons staying in the above localities who had enrolled for Aadhaar cards were asked to collect the same from the Shillong General Post Office.

Note, this basically means that the “address proof” of those Aadhaars would be completely unverified.

Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen understanding of tech and policy. She has been observing and commenting on Aadhaar since 2010 from a perspective of human rights, democracy and technological robustness.

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